Edmontonian wins chef-of-the-year challenge
Edmonton — Shaw Conference Centre Sous Chef Serge Belair won the Canadian Culinary Federation’s chef-of-the-year challenge at its recent annual conference in Halifax. Belair competed against six other provinces and captured judges’ attention with a three-course menu of citrus-cured seafood, pork trio and lemon white chocolate mousse.
As winner, Belair will compete against others, including last year’s winner, to represent Canada at the Americas continent competition in August 2013 during the American Culinary Federation convention. It will pick the Americas’ representative to compete in the World Association of Chefs Societies’ prestigious global chef challenge.
“Cooking, for me, is like a never-ending journey that is full of flavour, new techniques and new ways of pushing my own limits to the max,” says Belair. Originally from Gatineau, Quebec, Belair studied at Commission scolaire la Vallée de la Lievre and honed his skills at Hotel Clarion Gatineau’s Restaurant La Pergola from 1999 to 2005. Belair headed west to become the Shaw Conference Centre’s chef de partie in 2005, then sous chef in 2007 and senior sous chef in 2011. He has mentored numerous apprentices at the Shaw through competitions.
Edmonton will host the Canadian Culinary Federation’s 2013 conference May 29-June 1.
Belair is also a member of Culinary Team Canada, which heads to the World Culinary Olympics this fall in Germany.
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